StarKist: Committed to Responsible Practices and Protecting our Natural Resources
At StarKist®, we are committed to leading the global seafood category by providing great-tasting and healthy products that meet the needs of today’s consumers and customers, while remaining committed to responsible practices. We are investing in:
StarKist is committed to sustainability. As America’s leading tuna brand, we are actively working to ensure that there is plenty of tuna today…and for generations to come.
StarKist is proud to lead, support and champion the endeavors of several trade and industry organizations that are committed to protecting our seafood resource. These organizations include the National Fisheries Institute (NFI), Tuna Council and the International Seafood Sustainability Foundation (ISSF). As a founding member of the ISSF, StarKist actively supports its principles by:
- Working with the regional fisheries management organization to achieve their objectives of conservation of tuna stocks and their ecosystems.
- Employing sound science for maximum sustainable yields of targeted tuna stocks.
- Striving to eliminate illegal, unregulated, and unreported tuna catching.
- Providing for the health and care of the marine ecosystem.
- Facilitating use of the precautionary approach.
- Minimizing by-catch, discards, and abandoned gear; and,
- Collecting and exchanging data to promote better scientific understanding of tuna stocks.
As a founding member of the International Seafood Sustainability Foundation, StarKist denounces the practice of shark finning, which is the retention of any fins while discarding the carcass at sea. StarKist adheres to a strict policy against shark finning and will only purchase fish from vessel-owning companies that share in our anti-finning principles. All vessel-owning companies that supply StarKist must have a published policy prohibiting shark finning on board its vessels, and strictly adhere to the guidelines set forth. In addition, we do not purchase from any vessel that has been found to have finned for two years following the date of the most recent finding.
StarKist is committed to defending the dolphins. We are proud to be the first company to adopt a dolphin-safe policy in April 1990. We condemn the use of indiscriminate fishing methods that trap dolphins, whales, and other marine life along with the intended catch of fish. All StarKist tuna is labeled with a special “Dolphin-Safe” logo.
Responsible Sourcing Through ProActive Vessel Register (PVR)
As a founding member of the International Seafood Sustainability Foundation (ISSF), StarKist is proud to support responsible and sustainable tuna fisheries through the ProActive Vessel Register (PVR). ISSF created the PVR to provide vessel owners with an opportunity to identify themselves as active participants in meaningful tuna sustainability efforts. At the same time, the PVR provides validated information to tuna purchasers and interested stakeholders that reflect the positive steps each vessel is taking in implementing a series of commitments designed to improve tuna fishing practices. It is important to note, however, that when a vessel choses to list on the PVR, they are not seeking or securing endorsement by ISSF, rather they are committing to being transparent in their practices. StarKist is committed to increasing the amount of fish that we source from vessels that are part of the PVR. Specifically, we commit to:
- Work with our suppliers to make sure that they are providing us with an increasing amount of supply from vessels on the PVR
- Directly engage our suppliers and boat owners and encourage them to partner with us by joining the PVR
- Implement an internal program to review and monitor our progress, and find innovative ways to increase our sourcing from vessels listed on the PVR.
Learn more about seafood sustainability at our Sustainability Knowledge Center.
StarKist is committed to providing a safe work environment to protect the wellbeing and health of our more than 4,000 employees located around the globe. We strive to attain the highest possible level of safety in all operations and are committed to employee welfare in everything we do.
In addition to complying with the Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSHA), StarKist has developed a code of conduct, safety and health policies and training initiatives to promote the general health of our employees in the United States, American Samoa and Ecuador.
StarKist is committed to generating goodwill by participating in a number of charitable outreach initiatives where our employees work and live. We are honored to provides both financial support, as well as product donations to a number of outstanding organizations. In addition, we offer a Matching Gifts program for our employees, which provides financial support for not-for-profit arts, higher educational institutions, human health and welfare support groups, public broadcasting and medical research programs.
Some of the organizations that StarKist supports include: